My Favorite Maya Angelou Quotes

If any of you has been getting my newsletter, you know that I’m including a quote each month. I’m pulling them from a file I keep of “Favorite Quotes.” I kicked it off in March with a Maya Angelou quote, and now that I look at my file I see I have so many from her.

She had so many beautiful things to say about women, and love, and fighting for your place in the world, and being part of humanity by being kind.

Here are some of my favorites. The last one sometimes makes me cry:


“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou


“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” ~ Maya Angelou


“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” ~ Maya Angelou


“Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of my arms The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.”  ~ Maya Angelou

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